Johnny Cueto's new claim to fame

Reds righty's funky delivery brings back memories of Luis Tiant in his heyday

Originally Published: May 24, 2014
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Boys will be boys, so the day after Johnny Cueto pitches, Cincinnati Reds relievers have been known to emulate his motion during idle moments in the bullpen or the outfield. They're usually well-rested after Cueto's outings, anyway. And in the absence of sprouting dreadlocks in his honor, copying his delivery is the sincerest form of flattery they can muster.

The frivolity rarely lasts long. Professional pitchers are taught that the more compact the windup and the less wasted movement, ...

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